halfpennyworth

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

halfpennyworth (plural halfpennyworths) (abbreviation ha'p'orth)

  1. (UK) As much as could be bought for a halfpenny (pre- or post-decimalisation).
  2. (UK, informal) A negligible amount.
    he's never been a ha'p'orth of bother

Usage notes[edit]

  • Also used in combination with larger amounts, as in "twopence halfpennyworth" (as much as could be bought for two and a half pence).

References[edit]

  • New Oxford American Dictionary